ARTHRITIS and NSAIDS

If you're one of the nearly 40 million Americans who suffer from some form of arthritis, you know how the pain, inflammation and stiffness can keep you from doing the things you want, and sometimes even need, to do.
But taking an active role in managing your arthritis symptoms may get you back to doing many of the things you love.

Which Type of Arthritis Do You Have?
Although there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, there are two major forms of the disease: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis, which occurs more frequently as we age, accounts for the vast majority of arthritis cases each year. It occurs when the cartilage or natural "shock absorber" in our joints has worn thin with use. In response, the body deposits excessive bone causing the disfigured joints often seen in osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that can affect the entire body. It usually appears in the form of swollen, tender joints, sometimes accompanied by fatigue.

Your doctor can diagnose which type of arthritis you have, and help to develop a treatment plan with you.

-Work with your doctor to find what works best for you
Although arthritis is often difficult to treat effectively, there are many ways to manage your disease. Your doctor can determine which treatment (or combination of treatments) is best for helping your particular type of arthritis.
-Control your weight to relieve stress on your joints
Carrying around extra weight means placing added stress on your knees, hips, back and feet. Evidence shows that weight loss, in many cases, may help relieve your arthritis symptoms.
-Exercise regularly to reduce pain and increase your range of motion
Regular exercise can help reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis , increase your flexibility and mobility, and allow you to lead a fuller, more active life.
-Learn all you can about living with arthritis
There are many sources of information .
-Take advantage of all the resources available 
The Arthritis Foundation, which has a website at www.arthritis.org, offers a large variety of programs for people with arthritis and their families.
Did you Know Some Arthritis Medications Could Actually Increase Your Risk For Stomach Ulcers?
It's true! I you take an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen for pain or inflammation, you could be at risk for developing stomach ulcers.
That's because stomach ulcers and their complications are the most common serious side effects of both prescription and over-the counter NSAIDS.

Take this short quiz now to find out you personal risk level
1.How old are you?
Under 25…0 pts
26-30 …1 pt
31-35…2 pts
36-40…4 pts
41-45…4 pts
51-55… 6 pts
56-60….7 pts
61-65…8 pts
66-70 9 pts
70-75 10 pts
76-80…11 pts
over 8012 pts
2.How are you feeling?
I can do everything…0 pts
I have difficultly with fun activities…1 pt
I have difficulty with activities at work/home…2 pts
I have difficulty taking care of myself…3 pts
3.Do you take oral corticosteroids, like prednisone?
No…0 pts
Yes…4 pts
4.Have you ever had an upset stomach or heartburn while taking NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen?
No…0 pts
Yes…5 pts
5. Have you ever had an ulcer or internal bleeding while taking NSAID pain relievers?
No…0 pts
Yes…17 pts
6.How often do you need an anti-inflammatory drug?
Occasionally…0 pts
Regularly…1 pts

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